Regent Foods Corporation will host the 5150 Triathlon at the Subic Bay on June 7, Sunrise Events, the organizer of the race, announced on Wednesday at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City.
Started in 2011 by the World Triathlon Corporation, The 5150 is a triathlon that consists of a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike ride, and 10 kilometer run that sums up to a distance of 51.50 kilometers, hence the name. The first 5150 in the Philippines was held on June 2013 at the same venue and this year’s edition of the event is expected to attract 1,000 participants.
Professional triathletes from around the world have signed up for the foreign entries category including top Australian triathletes Casey Munro, Justin Granger and Clayton Fettell.
“Our aim with this event is to encourage even more people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and embrace multisport training and racing. While we recognize that people may have an Ironman or Ironman 70.3 event as a ‘bucket list’ item, we also realize that you need to start somewhere and this event does exactly that,” said Sunrise Events President Wilfred Uytengsu.
The swimming segment—a rectangular clockwise swim would take place at the Subic Bay Boardwalk. The competitors would then engage in a 40-kilometer bike race from Subic International Airport going to IDESS, then up to Tarlac Road then back to Remington Field. The final part of the event would be the 10-kilometer run that would start and end at Remy Field, going through Rizal Highway, Dewey Avenue, and the Argonaut Highway.
Uytengsu also assured participants that they would see to it that the Subic Bay Boardwalk is safe for swimmers. The safety of the area became questionable the past years because of power plants located nearby.
“We have suspended swim, the last time I think was in 2008, because of the condition of the water coming from Olongapo. Since then it has been addressed by the new administration of the city of Olongapo,” said Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Director Raul Marcelo, “We tested it last April. The test results show that the water is swimmable, but we want to make sure come race time so we’re testing it again this May,” said Marcelo, adding that the test results would arrive by next Thursday.